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Áine Regan

Research Officer

Research Interests

Áine is a Research Officer in the Rural Economy and Development Programme (REDP), working in the area of Behavioural Research. Áine works in multi-disciplinary research projects, applying a psychological approach to exploring behavioural issues in the agri-food sector. Her research aims to support behaviour change interventions in applied settings which are rigorous and evidence-based, and which have the end-user at the centre of the process. Áine is particularly interested in behavioural issues related to digitisation of the food and agriculture sectors.

Current Projects

2015-2018: CommBeBiz – Bridging Bioeconomy Research to Business (EU H2020 Project)

2018-2020: Digital Behaviour – Behavioural science to support digital technologies in agriculture (Internal GIA Project)


2010-2014: PhD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science, University College Dublin

2009-2010: MSc Health Psychology, NUI Galway

2006-2009: BA (Hons.) Psychology, NUI Galway

  • Regan, Á. Potvin Kent, M., Raats, M., McConnon, Á., Wall, P., & Dubois, L. (2017). Applying a Consumer Behavior Lens to Salt Reduction Initiatives. Nutrients, 9 (8), 901.
  • Devaney, L., Henchion, M., & Regan, Á. (2017). Good Governance in the Bioeconomy. Eurochoices, 16(2), 41-46.
  • Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., & Holah, J. (2016). Making sense of adherence to personal hygiene in the food industry. In Lelieveld, H., Holah, J., & Gabric, D. Handbook of Hygiene Control in the Food Industry, Second Edition. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing. 
  • Regan, Á. , McConnon, Á., Shan, L. C., Wall, P. (2016). Investigating the attitudes of the Irish public towards reducing population salt intake. Public Health Nutrition, 19(7), 1327-1335.
  • Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., Shan, L. C., Raats, M., & Wall, P. (2016). Risk communication and social media during food safety crises: A study of Stakeholders’ opinions in Ireland. Journal of Risk Research, 19(1), 119-133. 
  • Regan, Á., Marcu, A., Shan, L. C., Wall, P., Barnett, J., & McConnon, Á. (2015). Conceptualising responsibility in the aftermath of the horsemeat adulteration incident: An online study with Irish and UK consumers. Health, Risk & Society, 17(2), 149-167.
  • Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., Kuttschreuter, M., Rutsaert, P., Shan, L. C., Pieniak, Z., Barnett, J., Verbeke, W., & Wall, P. (2014). The impact of communicating conflicting risk and benefit messages: an experimental study on red meat information. Food Quality and Preference, 38, 107-114.
  • Shan, L., Regan, Á., De Brún, A., Barnett, J., van der Sanden, M. C. A., Wall, P., & McConnon, Á. (2014). Food crisis coverage by social and traditional media: A case study of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis. Public Understanding of Science, 23(8), 911-928.
  • Rutsaert, P., Regan, Á., Pieniak, Z., McConnon, Á., Moss, A., Wall, P., & Verbeke, W. (2013). The use of social media in food risk and benefit communication. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 30, 84-91